Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Where was the White House in Cove?

Peter Wigley has been researching the life of his Godfather, Kenneth Montgomery who was a WW1 fighter ace and who won the MC. Although he was born in the Wirral, Cheshire, his parents moved down to The White House in Cove around 1911, and this was the address on his marriage certificate in 1922. Peter is in touch with a nephew of his Godfather who remembers visiting a house owned by Kenneth Montgomery's parents James and Jane. From what is known it was a large house with a large garden and substantial staff were employed. They were living there in 1922, but it's unclear whether they had moved there by 1911. According to 1911 census, the three Montgomery children plus servants were still living at 16 Bidston Road Birkenhead, but the parents were elsewhere on the day of the census.

In terms of information we know, there was a farm house was on the west side of Trunk Road in Cove called White House farm and today this is part of the Barningley Park estate.

Also, in Kelly's directory of 1911 there are two references to a White House on Guildford Road (today Guildford Road East and Guildford Road West). The entries are for a Capt. Julian Bacchus and a Mrs Hayes. However, this is in South Farnborough and not part of Cove, so is possibly not what Peter is looking for. Separately, there is also a Col. Robert Montgomery mentioned in the directory living at Woodend in Farnborough Park - could this be a relation of Kenneth Montgomery?

So, does anyone have any further information about either the White House in Cove, or the Montgomery family who lived there from about 1911, or any other suggestions? If so, please post them here, or get in touch.

1 comment:

smudgerpete said...

The white house used to be in Hazel avenue, near to the one way street, but It.s name was changed to Cove Manor, and was owned by Major White who lived there during the war, and died in 1960's it was sold and I believe Cranleigh Court now stands on the grounds of the manor.